FIFA Chief of Global Football Development and former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants throw-ins to be replaced with ‘kick-ins’


Arsene Wenger is hopeful of leading a revolution in football by suggesting alterations to the rules to replace throw-ins with players rather kicking the ball in.

FIFA Chief of Global football Development Arsene Wenger would like to replace throw-ins with kick-ins as he plans a revolution in football rules

The former Arsenal manager now FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development driving rules changes in the modern game.

The 70-year-old Frenchman also wishes to make alterations to the office rules to benefit attacking players.

Wenger’s Rule Change Suggestions

Throw-ins: Teams should be able to kick the ball into play instead of throwing it in if they are inside their own half.

Offside: An attacker will not be offside if any part of their body that they could score a goal with such as their foot, head or shoulder is in line with the penultimate defender.

Corners: Kicks that curve out of play then comes back in should be allowed.

Freekicks: Players should be able to touch the ball to themselves and restart play, and not be forced to pass to their team-mates.

Explaining the reason behind the throw in rule, the legendary Gunners boss citited the disadvantage to an attacking team late in the game as a reason for introducing kick-ins.

He told L’Equipe: “I would like tho change the throw-in rule, five minutes before the end, a throw-in to you should be an advantage. But in these situations you are facing 10 outfield players in play whilst you only have nine.

“Stats show that in eight out of ten in those throw-in situations you lose the ball.

“In your half of the pitch, you should have the possibility to kick the ball instead.”

About the offside rule, Wenger said: “For the moment, your are offside if a part of your body that could score a goal sits in ahead of the body of a defender.

“I would like to be that there is no offside so long as a body part which the player can score with is in line with the defender.

“This could be too much of an advantage for an attacker because that obliges the defenders to player higher up.”

Wenger would also like to see corners that curve out of play and come back into play allowed

Among other things, the former Arsenal boss also wants to see corner kicks that curves out of  play and comes back in to be allowed and the possibility of ‘quickly playing freekicks to yourself’ instead passing to a team-mate.



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